Translation musings: the joys of English pronunciation

Jun 5, 2014 | Language

Oops!Popping into our in-boxes this week was a whole poem on the vagaries of English language pronunciation. It’s all good fun but makes you realise how difficult English is to learn – as your first language, let alone second, third etc.

Let’s just take two little letters – e and a – and put them together. How do you pronounce ea? Well, you could pronounce it ‘ee‘ as in ‘tea‘. Or ‘ai‘ as in ‘break‘. Or maybe ‘er‘ as in ‘hearse‘… Then again, it could be ‘ar‘ as in ‘heart‘. And don’t even get me started on ough

If you think your pronunciation is pretty good, have a go at reading this poem out loud!


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